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Coordinated Community Response Workshop

In Spring 2016, Global Rights for Women piloted a Minnesota workshop in partnership with Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs and World Future Council for international participants to learn about and experience firsthand the coordinated community response to domestic violence, also known as “The Duluth Model.”

The workshop provided an extraordinary opportunity for country teams, each consisting of NGO advocates, law enforcement officers, legal professionals and/or policymakers, to learn how communities in Minnesota are implementing laws and policies that address domestic violence through a coordinated community response (CCR). In a CCR, agencies such as police, prosecutors, probation, courts, and victim advocates work together to create policies and procedures for collaboration and communication. They identify individual agency responsibilities for responding effectively to domestic violence. Through CCR, victims are kept safer, their needs are more effectively understood and met and offenders are more likely to be held accountable for abuse, often resulting in a reduction of re-offense rates.

Why CCR? Coordinated community response is a method of implementing laws and policies that prioritizes victim safety and offender accountability for domestic violence within a social change framework. CCR guides communities to build systems interventions that respond effectively to victims’ actual experiences.

Workshop Snapshot

By The Numbers

  • 18 attendees representing 6 countries: Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Trinidad & Tobago, all countries with relatively new domestic violence laws that are experiencing challenges with implementation.
    • Including: NGO directors and advocates; police officers, supervisors, and trainers; a prosecutor trainer; a judge trainer; a parliamentary advisor; a justice ministry official; and a US embassy official.
  • 20 U.S. and international experts and trainers and 8 policy makers and legislators
    • Including: VAW legal experts; expert CCR trainers; police officers, prosecutors, probation officers, judges, and a victim advocate all involved in CCR; a legislative and policy expert; and a mayor and legislators who sponsor and support violence against women legislation.
  • 50+ Observation Opportunities
    • Including: police department ride-alongs, 911 dispatch center tours, a county jail tour, batterer intervention program group observations, and court hearings.
  • 68 Hours of training, convening, observing and peer-to-peer exchange over 9 days.

Training Specifics

Participants experienced three days of intensive training by the staff and expert trainers of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), home of The Duluth Model. They learned about the creation of the model and DAIP’s collaboration with the Duluth government and community agencies.

In Minneapolis and St. Paul, participants had four days of learning opportunities including lectures from GRW staff on governments’ legal obligations to effectively implement domestic violence laws, panel discussions with local experts involved in CCRs in larger cities and systems, and exercises with GRW trainers on building a CCR in their home countries.

The numerous trainers and experts shared their own experiences on how they coordinate their response to domestic violence within their communities and criminal justice systems. These presentations were reinforced through over 50 opportunities to observe various systems’ responses to domestic violence reports. Participants directly observed emergency dispatch response and tracking of calls; police responses to reports of violence; procedures in a county jail; court hearings followed by explanations from the judges; prosecutors and probation officers tasked with monitoring offenders’ compliance with court orders; and men’s non-violence group courses. Extensive conversation occurred allowing participants to ask questions and compare experiences, challenges and solutions.

Sample Agenda in Minneapolis/St. Paul for One Day

  • Hennepin County court observations
    • A defendant pleading guilty to a lesser offense in exchange for not going to trial – “plea bargaining”
    • A domestic violence strangulation sentence being issued
  • A panel of participants in Minneapolis’ CCR shared challenges of the CCR model in a large city
  • MN public policy experts and legislators shared how to move a legislative agenda forward
  • Ramsey County Attorney shared lessons learned regarding domestic violence and CCR
  • Participants engaged in an exercise with a men’s group expert on how to structure a group that will hold perpetrators accountable and protect victims of violence

Feedback from Delegations

“The workshop was very practical in nature and I found all of the presenters to be quite knowledgeable, experienced, and very empathetic to the needs of the class. I believe they gave a very thorough, comprehensive and in-depth look as to the historical antecedents surrounding the Duluth Model. This workshop raised my awareness of the issues involving domestic violence, particularly in placing victims at the center of the process. My enthusiasm has been renewed and with the professional networking connections that I’ve made I have greater hope for what we will do in our individual countries.”

“The training was incredible. I only have good words about it. I have learned so much, and from the people that are at the heart of the model and at the creation of it. It has been a transformative experience. I thank you for that.”

“Victim’s perspectives are a priority in justice systems. This is a perspective I’ll try to transport to our system. Thank you.”

“Thanks to this training we have a concrete action plan.”

Next Steps & Vision for the Future

Participants left the United States with a renewed sense of purpose and deeper understanding of how to implement domestic violence laws through a CCR in their home countries. Some plan to conduct small-scale pilot projects to begin to build the foundation of CCR within the various agencies involved in domestic violence response. Global Rights for Women is continuing to support and connect participants with the resources and information they need to succeed at establishing a CCR and putting their laws to work to help victims of violence.

Workshop Partners & Supporters

Many organizations and individuals came together to support the Spring 2016 Global Rights for Women CCR Minnesota Workshop. The workshop was planned in partnership with Domestic Abuse Invention Programs and the support of World Future Council. Thank you to all the financial and in-kind contributors who were a part of this workshop!

* Lynn Anderson * Carol Arthur * Arrowhead Regional Corrections * Battered Women’s Justice Project * Krista Bengtson * Peg Birk * Susan Bonello * Thomas Boyd * Paula Carnes * City of Duluth and St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Offices * Mike & Cathi Chiappetta * Karen Ciegler Hansen * Rebekah Cohen * Janet Conn * Theresa Cooke * Tami Diehm * Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs * Dorsey & Whitney LLP * Erin Dungan * Lisa Ellingson * Barbara Forster * Hennepin County District Court * Richard Ihrig and Colleen Cooper * Jim Jacobson * Tasya and Robert Kelen * John Knapp * Mary Beth and Stephen Lauricella * Jennifer Lutter * Paul Markwardt * Erin Mathern * Nora McGreevy * Tom and Aija Meehan * Helen Meyer and William Bieber * Minneapolis City Attorney * Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women * Val Moeller * Heidi Nau * Maria Olson * Jeanne and Rick Palmer * Jon Peterson * Kristin Proctor * Ramsey County Attorney * Sandra Ricci * Noreen Sedgeman * John Sellner * Colleen Shumaker * Brett Siglin * Ann Steingraeber * Holly Stocker * Mary Taylor * US Embassies in Latvia, Lithuania and Tajikistan * Michele Vaillancourt * Lauren, Matt and Sadie Van Horn *Winthrop & Weinstine * The World Future Council * Vicki and Gary Wyard